UM Celebrates Student Employee of the Year

This is a picture of Ashley Ostheimer Hilliard
UM Student Employee of the Year Ashley Ostheimer Hilliard

MISSOULA – The University of Montana celebrated National Student Employment Week virtually in April and announced UM’s Student Employee of the Year.

Ashley Ostheimer Hilliard of Florence was named the top UM student employee. She is a Master in Public Health student and works for UM’s Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development as a research assistant. Her parents are Bill and Kelly Ostheimer of Florence.

Hilliard was recommended for the honor by Carly Holman and Kim Spurzem, who are research analysts in the center. They praised Hilliard’s work ethic, drive and ability to face challenges.

“Ashley is committed to serving children and families in Montana and knows that the projects she works on go into the hands of state or local organizations to better support families,” they wrote. They agree that Hilliard’s deep passion for her work supporting Montana families is inspiring and that she became a core member of the center’s team.

UM’s Experiential Learning and Career Success office will award a $500 scholarship to Hilliard and celebrated her accomplishment with a video and social media posts. The office also announced Hilliard was named the Montana Student Employee of the Year by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of all of our student employees,” said ELCS Interim Director Andrea Vernon. “Students meet critical employment needs of many organizations in the community and on campus and do some amazing work. Ashley is a wonderful example of the tremendous impact student employees make in our community.”

For more information about National Student Employment Week or the UM Student Employee of the Year award, visit or email Katie Wilkins, ELCS program and events coordinator, at


Contact: Katie Wilkins, UM Experiential Learning and Career Success, program and event coordinator,